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Un siglo sin innovación en la saca del corcho


  • José Ignacio Jiménez Blanco

    (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)


This article seeks to explain why a productive activity such as cork stripping experienced no technical change for two centuries, while Western economies were undergoing all sorts of deep transformations due to two industrial revolutions. For this purpose we have first reconstructed how cork stripping was carried out at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Next, leading microeconomic indicators such as production, productivity, wages and profitability are calculated and analysed for the exploitation of a specific cork oak forest. The conclusion offered is that the price of cork was always higher than per unit costs of production in such a specialised labour intensive operation, which can be explained by the unique structure of the world cork market.

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  • José Ignacio Jiménez Blanco, 2013. "Un siglo sin innovación en la saca del corcho," Historia Agraria. Revista de Agricultura e Historia Rural, Sociedad Española de Historia Agraria, issue 61, pages 79-114, december.
  • Handle: RePEc:seh:journl:y:2013:i:61:m:december:p:79-114

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    1. Francisco Manuel Parejo Moruno, 2010. "El negocio del corcho en España durante el siglo XX," Estudios de Historia Económica, Banco de España;Estudios de Historia Económica Homepage, number 57, December.
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    Cork; Cork Stripping; Cork Oak Forests; Forest Operations; Andalusia;

    JEL classification:

    • N53 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • N54 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Europe: 1913-
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • Q23 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Forestry


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